I've never tried roller brakes . Looks good, at 17.8kg it's a heavy beast if you need to carry it .
Interesting. There's a Nexus 8 version for £67 extra which also has a suspension fork (which tbh I would rather do without!) https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/laventino-glide-8-men-s-urban-bike/rp-prod199740
A few years ago I was curious why the Nexus 7 has a reputation for being a lot less reliable than the Nexus 8 as normally the more gears the more complicated the hub and more reason for the hub to be less reliable but with the Nexus 7 it is actually a 9 speed hub with 2 gears mapped out from selection but to make matters worse one of the gears disabled is the 1:1 gear. The 1:1 gear is normally the strongest, most efficient gear and you can never select it on this hub. Many people will try to favour the 1:1 gear in use to extend the life of the hub and maximise riding efficiency. So 2 reasons why the Nexus 7 can be a less reliable hub. I know its less tolerant than the Nexus 8 when shifting under load so ideally better to stop pedalling, shift and then continue pedalling. This still looks a great deal but if you want to maximise the lifespan of the bike you may need to baby it a bit.
Any good deals on here for the friend part?
Biking with a friend and exploring new places is just the best.